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Blue plaque unveiled in Lichfield to honour composer dubbed the ‘Father of the Piano’

A blue plaque in honour of an 18th Century composer has been unveiled at his former home in Lichfield.

The unveiling of the blue plaque at the Hedgehog pub

The unveiling of the blue plaque at the Hedgehog pub

Muzio Clementi lived at Lyncroft House – now the Hedgehog pub – when he moved to England from Italy in 1830.

The blue plaque was proposed by Lichfield Civic Society and unveiled by the chairman of the Swedish Clementi Society, Bengt Hultman, who travelled from his home in Sweden for the event.

Frank Horsfall, from Lichfield Civic Society, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate Clementi’s association with Lichfield with the installation of a plaque at his former home.

“It’s a befitting honour for such a distinguished former Lichfield resident whose contributions to music, especially the development of piano music, have led him to being remembered as the ‘Father of the Piano’.”

Daniel Emery, landlord of the Hedgehog Vintage Inn, said he was pleased to learn more about the building’s past.

“There aren’t many pubs that can say they’ve been home to a celebrated composer and we’re all so excited that the Hedgehog’s part in musical history has been officially recognised,” he said.

““It’s been great to bring the Lichfield community together at the unveiling event and the team are looking forward to planning more events for the future. Having Jo Dodd, a local violinist and member of the Lichfield Sinfonia, here to play Clementi’s music really bought the evening to life.”

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